Visitor reviews for Puy St Vincent Ski Resort

Puy St Vincent Ratings

Overall: 4.2. Based on 17 votes and 15 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.8

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Puy St Vincent is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.5

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Puy St Vincent has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.1

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.4

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.5

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Puy St Vincent.

Public Transport: 3.8

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Puy St Vincent, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.4

(1) No places to stay in/near Puy St Vincent, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 4.6

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.1

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Puy St Vincent.

Ski in/Ski out: 5.0

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.6

(1) There are no child care facilities at Puy St Vincent, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.1

(1) Puy St Vincent relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.5

(1) There are no snow groomers at Puy St Vincent, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Puy St Vincent are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.6

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Puy St Vincent is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 4.3

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Puy St Vincent, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.8

(1) Puy St Vincent usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.6

(1) The staff at Puy St Vincent are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Puy St Vincent are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.6

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.6

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.8

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.6

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.6

(1) No intermediate terrain at Puy St Vincent, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.2

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.4

(1) Not even a kicker at Puy St Vincent, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 4.2

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Puy St Vincent, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.3

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Puy St Vincent has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.1

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.0

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.2

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 3.0

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.2

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 4.6

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.3

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.4

(1) Overall, Puy St Vincent is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.4

(1) Overall, Puy St Vincent is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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March 21, 2006
Burns family from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
First visit to Puy St Vincent on a colleague's recommendation. Only negative is that we didn't stay longer! Well looked after by Snowbizz staff, fantastic weather mid March, couldn't ask for a better holiday. Perfect family break with the very well set up creche to take care of a 1 year old and a 4 year old. Good food and good company at the Petit Chamois restaurant / bar. They still smoke in the restaurant / bar, but had a room set on the side for meals where the smoke wasn't so intrusive. Would go again!
November 24, 2005
Steve Turner from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have visited Puy 3 times now with increasingly larger parties! It is deal for family skiing, with the tour company Snow Bizz taking really good care of you. I you are looking for après ski, then go somewhere else. If your kids are old enough to ski on their own, you can let them as they will always end up at the same point, i.e. the bar at 1600... After 3 visits though you will probably need more varied skiing as there are only 85 Kms of piste. If you have children (4 to 16) then it’s definitely worth a visit.
November 13, 2005
richard cook from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Family skiing? You wont find much better than here. It's a fantastic place, been two years previously and going again for a third time this new year as we have been overwhelmed with how good it is. Offers ski in- ski out facilities with the main blocks at 1600m, we literally put skis on in the hotel n slid down a ramp and skied down to the lifts. We have become good friends with the owners of the company we go with, Snowbizz. (thanks guys, www.snowbizz.co.uk) Skiing 1400 to 2750m, This place always has early season snow, everywhere seems to talk about its microclimate, bla blah, but it generally does always have snow, which is why its used by the British team.
November 10, 2005
Dave Hitch from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
This is a small, but beautiful and varied resort. We were there over xmas in 2004 and the snow was great, much better than Serre Che and Risoul, which we checked out as well. Off piste is great if you like tight tree runs (don't forget your helmet) and there are a couple of long routes which you will need a guide for, and which stay untracked for days. Go here if you want a pretty and genuine French experience, where skiing is just part of it. If you want to piste bash for a week, go somewhere else.

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